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MintzTech Innovator Profile: T-REX

December 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in New York City, T-REX’s secure, enterprise SaaS-based analytics, risk, and portfolio management platform standardizes and provides transparency to the complex structured products evaluation process, increasing liquidity and creating significant investment opportunities for the hundreds of billions of dollars of capital across various esoteric, non-commoditized asset classes.

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Changing World of Raising Capital

September 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Megan Gates

The world of raising capital changed over the last several years. Offerings of securities generally used to fall into two main buckets: (i) private placements under the old Rule 506, or (ii) a public offering.
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FinTech Companies Face Big Privacy Challenges in 2016

September 15, 2016 | Article | By Natalie Prescott, Cynthia Larose

According to the FBI, “there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be.” It does not take an actual data breach, however, for a company to be liable for its data security practices. In March 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) made this clear when it settled its first-ever data security enforcement action against an online payment processing company, Dwolla.
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MintzTech Industry Update: Entrepreneur Rule

September 15, 2016 | Article | By Douglas Hauer, Samuel Asher Effron

At MintzEdge, we are already thinking about how a recent immigration law development may help our clients grow their ventures. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new rule for entrepreneurs. If the rule becomes law, qualified entrepreneurs would be considered for parole (temporary permission to be in the United States) to jumpstart and build their businesses in the United States. The rule is a path-breaking proposal because it seeks to use and retrofit an existing immigration benefit called “parole” to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, who may otherwise be unable to secure a nonimmigrant visa such as an H-1B or E-2 visa.

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MintzTech Connect Industry News - September 2016

September 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

The world of raising capital for emerging companies has experienced a revolution. Prior to the enactment of the JOBS Act in 2012, raising capital for private companies was limited to offline communications and was dominated by professional venture capitalists; now the capital raising process has been democratized. Capital can be raised online directly by companies or through intermediaries. It can be accomplished by crowd sourcing to “accredited investors” or, in limited amounts, by crowdfunding to everyone. Additionally, companies can raise capital in an “IPO lite” manner by using the new Reg A+.

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MintzTech Innovator Profiles - Vidrovr

September 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Vidrovr can index, search, and recommend video content in a cost-effective, automatic, and accurate manner. Vidrovr addresses three key market needs: 1. Domain and customer-specific automatic metadata generation for videos, 2. Video Content Management solutions that enable automatic placement and recommendation of video clips for across a company’s digital products, and 3. Automatically linking and sourcing visual social media content that is relevant to a particular video or online article before it is published. Vidrovr was recently named as one of the winners of the prestigious Publicis90 competition, which entails investment and mentorship from Publicis Groupe.

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Preparing for an Exit: Selling Your Robotics Company

August 31, 2016 | Article | By Marc Mantell

Just as each warehouse logistics robot or copter-drone will utilize different technologies to address unique problems, each robotics company will follow a unique path to its eventual exit transaction. For those considering a company sale, there are several things you can focus on early in the process that can help give you the best chance of success.

Software Audits: Strategies for Licensees

August 29, 2016 | Advisory | By Julie Korostoff

Read Mintz partner Julie Korostoff’s article on the increase in software license audits. Her article also explores the sizeable true-up payments that often follow licensing reviews and how companies can respond to audit requests, ensure compliance, and limit the scope of audits.
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Cynthia Larose – Chair of the Privacy & Security Practice Group at Mintz – was named by the National Diversity Council as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology for 2016. Honorees are women serving as top leaders in their organizations and professions, who maintain a record of accomplishments in areas of expertise, operate with the highest integrity, demonstrate a commitment to corporate citizenship, and serve as effective role models to inspire the next generation of female professionals.

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MintzTech In the Spotlight - Yes, E-signatures Are Enforceable

July 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron, Rachel Gholston

We are often presented with the question of whether electronic signatures are enforceable. The answer is yes. There is an entire statutory regime under both state and federal law which gives validity to electronic signatures. This article gives a high level overview of best practices for optimizing your use of electronic signatures.

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MintzTech In the News In NYC - Grey Group Launches Grey Adventures

July 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

New York-based advertising powerhouse Grey Group has launched a new, tech-focused unit aimed at engaging directly with the cutting-edge material required by its present and future clients. Called Grey Adventures, the unit will work to create new products, services, and business models for the agency. Partnering with both innovative start-ups and established tech companies alike, the practice combines Grey’s creative capital with its deep, material understanding of the tech space. The team will be led by Evan Kraut, Grey’s managing director of Grey Adventures, and Darren Moran, the agency’s head of innovation.

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MintzTech Innovator Profiles - SeedInvest

July 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

SeedInvest is a leading equity crowdfunding platform founded in 2012. Its mission is to transform the broken private company fundraising process to make it easier for entrepreneurs to raise capital by opening up access to venture capital and angel investing to everyone. Equity crowdfunding is important because it has the potential to allow founders to spend less time fundraising and more time building their businesses, which is what matters most. It also allows startups to turn their most ardent supporters and customers into investors for the first time.

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MintzTech Connect Industry News - July 2016

July 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

In this issue, we answer the question we are asked on a weekly basis: Are electronic signatures enforceable? (spoiler alert….the answer is YES). We also feature an amazing company called SeedInvest, a true pioneer in terms of raising a company online from the crowd. Additionally, consistent with our focus on robotics, we have an interesting article about selling your robotics company.

UPDATE: Subject Matter Eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 – Abstract Ideas

May 17, 2016 | Alert | By Michael Van Loy, Lily Zhang

All patent applications submitted to the United States Patent And Trademark Office (USPTO) are examined subject to the requirements set forth in 35 U.S.C. §§101, 102, 103, 112, which respectively address patent eligibility, novelty, inventiveness (e.g. non-obviousness), and disclosure and other formal requirements (e.g., enablement, written description, and clarity/definiteness).
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MintzTech Innovator Profile - Gotham Greens

May 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Our client Gotham Greens is pioneering the urban agriculture field by providing its diverse retail, restaurant, and institutional customers with premium-quality lettuces and herbs grown from rooftop greenhouses in NYC and Chicago. The company’s pesticide-free, non-GMO produce is grown using ecologically sustainable methods, meeting the highest standards of food safety. Sent to local stores and grocers, its crops are designed for eating, not travel. But the real innovation lies in Gotham Greens’s 100% clean energy–powered, climate-controlled, urban greenhouses, which produce over 50% more crops than conventional greenhouses while using 25% less energy per pound.

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MintzTech Connect Industry News - May 2016

May 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

In this issue we feature Gotham Greens, an amazing company growing premium quality lettuces and herbs on large urban rooftops in NYC and Chicago. Environmentally conscious and also fast-growing, Gotham Greens epitomizes the ideal of creating meaningful economic value by doing good! We also highlight a number of interesting legal proposals that could affect email privacy and angel investing. Additionally, we discuss a new law that will facilitate the resales of securities of private companies and a new tax credit for biotech companies based in NYC.
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MintzTech Industry Update - The HALOS Act & The Email Privacy Act

May 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

MintzTech Industry Update - The HALOS Act & The Email Privacy Act
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Mintz to Present on Series A Funding at the Cambridge Innovation Center

May 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

The Venture Café Foundation believes that every person with an idea should feel empowered to become a successful entrepreneur, regardless of background, origin, or education. The company is a Massachusetts Not­for­Profit Corporation, incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to connect the innovation community, expand the definition of innovation, and build a more inclusive innovation economy. The Venture Café Foundation enhances and accelerates the innovation process through workspaces, programs, and conversations for individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships.

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MintzTech Connect Industry News - February 2016

February 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

As the Northeast begins (hopefully) to thaw out and we head into an early spring (so said the Groundhog), we are excited to deliver our new issue of MintzTech Connect — our bimonthly newsletter on “all things technology” in the legal and business world, from our perspective, of course.

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Looking Above and Beyond: The Evolving UAS and Drone Regulations

February 15, 2016 | Article | By Sahir Surmeli, Jonathan T. Cain

There’s a lot going on in the world of drone or unmanned aerial system (UAS) regulation in the United States. Companies from start-ups to large defense contractors are pursuing commercial opportunities to develop drones and drone technology. At Mintz we are working with companies engaged in UAS manufacturing, aerial survey, and commercial cinematography to help them navigate the complex of regulations.

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